Dear hot sauces,

Let’s discuss what makes hot sauce the best thing in the world: It’s spicy, it’s flavorful and that’s all you really need to know.

But if you wanted to know more, I’ll tell you what I think makes it so awesome. They’re the same but different. They’re the same as in, they’re all sauces, made from chiles that provide those burning tingles on your tongue (in a good way). Yet, each flavor is different: They can be sweet or savory and each is unique to the meal it belongs on. I would imagine you could put Sriracha on tacos or Cholula in Chinese food (yeah, I did that once). I’m sure you’d get the same burning sensation, but the flavor wouldn’t be quite right. It would be a tiny bit off, wouldn’t it?

There’s so much science behind it, I’d wager that each hot sauce was specified to match the dish it goes with (maybe not, but I think it makes food that much more magical). So thanks hot sauce, for being you.

Love,
A

Hot sauce is an integral part of food and life.

Hot sauce is an integral part of food and life.

Alma is a journalist by trade, living and working in Chicago while staying true to her tree-hugging spirit, L.A. spirit. Favorite pastimes include watching great television, listening to fantastic podcasts and daydreaming about writing a novel. Favorite foods run the gamut from sweet to salty to savory to eggs Benedict. And chocolate. Especially chocolate.